Foot Health Facts for Pregnant Women
You are already conscious of your pregnancy then you have swollen feet, it’s frustrating. The feet swelling might get worse if the due date is near, or during warm weather and in the evenings. Mild swelling is not a cause for concern, but sudden swelling to the hands and face signify a more serious underlying condition. When you notice extreme swelling, please consult a health professional. Feet swelling, or edema, is prevalent around 22 to 27 weeks of the pregnancy sometimes until the due date.
Causes of swollen feet during pregnancy
Feet swelling during pregnancy occur because of increased body fluids, increased blood flow, and pressure from the growing uterus. All these are meant to nurture the baby and can lead to swelling. Consult a health professional if you notice excessive swelling of the feet and face accompanied by elevated blood pressure, protein in the urine, and rapid weight gain.
Swollen feet after birth (Postpartum edema)
Excess fluids in the body after childbirth can lead to postpartum swelling. When you near the due date, the body prepares for birth by retaining water to adapt to the baby’s growth. After childbirth, the body naturally eliminates the fluids. During the first week after pregnancy, the body flushes the excess water out, however this varies depending on the ability to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and having plenty of rest. The outer layer of the feet might be puffy or shiny.
When is postpartum edema alarming? If you experience headaches and intense pain in the feet, it is time to see the doctor. Also, if you notice pain in one area or on one foot, you need a physician to look at the possibility of a blood clot.
If you are dealing with swollen feet during or after pregnancy, you may want to seek help from a foot specialist. Feel free to contact our office to make an appointment with our podiatrist. Our foot and ankle doctor, Dr. Ejodamen Shobowale, can provide you with the care you need to keep you pain-free on your feet.
Dealing with feet swelling during pregnancy
Swollen feet pregnancy and after pregnancy means taking extra care to avoid complications. These are some simple steps that will go a long way relieving.
- Avoid long periods of standing.
- Hold up your feet while sitting.
- Take time to stretch every few minutes.
- The left side acclaimed as the precise resting position.
- When possible, wear stockings for support.
- Exercise regularly, try walking and swimming.
- Lack of fluids causes the body to retain fluid in the body; increase the intake of fluids and water throughout the day.
- Wear comfortable shoes such as orthotic shoes and inserts.
- Moderate your salt intake.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Houston, TX. Our Houston, TX office will handle all of your foot and ankle issues. We will provide you with the latest diagnostic and treatment methods for treating all foot and ankle related issues.